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Imperial Lates: Sci-fi

28 April 2022, 18.00-21.00

Where does science end and science fiction start? Join us at Imperial Lates as Imperial’s scientists explore the scientific basis of our spacefaring, technologically enhanced futures through talks, artistic workshops and live demos.

Design a future spacesuit before exploring the physics of light sabres, the engineering challenges of the Matrix, or the morality of human cyborgs made of bionic limbs and computer augmented brains.

This Lates evening will put the Sci in Sci-fi. Hear from scientists, science fiction writers and sci-fi fans discussing where the movies get the science wrong, how science fiction inspired modern day research and what science of today might inspire the visionary books, films and comics of tomorrow.

Register for Imperial Lates: Sci-fi to join us in South Kensington on 28 April and we'll send you the full programme of events at the Lates closer to the day. Plus, you will get links to our online preview events earlier in the week.

Imperial Lates are most suitable for over 18s.

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Imperial Lates: Sci-fi programme and map (pdf)

Professor Murray Shanahan, cognitive robotics researcher at Imperial and Google DeepMind, and scientific consultant on the British Sci-fi film Ex Machina, is joined by science fiction authors Aifric Campbell and Anita Chandran for this discussion.

Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?

Catch up on this online Imperial Lates discussion, where Professor Murray Shanahan, cognitive robotics researcher at Imperial and Google DeepMind, and scientific consultant on the British Sci-fi film Ex Machina, was joined by science fiction authors Aifric Campbell and Anita Chandran. Together they explore whether advances in AI and robots could ever result in human-machine companionship.

Discover more

Missed an event? You can catch up with recordings of Lates from our 2020-21 season on Imperial College London’s YouTube channel or discover more events from Imperial with the Great Exhibition Road Festival's online events programme.